Veterans Day, 2013

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Of the 185 men of the 111th Ordnance Company, all but two (who drowned in the Weser River in northern Germany in 1945) returned to the United States after the war.

But within the next couple of decades, we began losing them. 1952, 1960, 1972, 1987. Way too soon. My father turned out to be one of the longest lived, passing away in 2001. We continue to work our way through the list of the men, searching through online obituaries and death records. We have found a few who died just in the past two or three years, and we are sad to have missed talking with them.

But last Sunday was a very exciting day. I received a comment on this blog from a former member of the 111th, John Raisler, who happily is still with us. He is 93 and lives in Florida. That afternoon, he had asked his granddaughter to help him search the Internet for any information about the 111th and found our blog. He uses email and we have already had a couple of brief communications. I hope that soon I will be able to share some of his memories about his time in the war.

So on this day of national remembrance of our veterans, we honor and thank John Raisler and all his fellow soldiers in the 111th Ordnance Company, U.S. Army, for their service and sacrifices in World War II. They did their duty to their country and never asked for thanks.

  1. StephieD says:

    Absolutely! I am proud to say both of my Grandfathers fought for my freedom. Thanks to all of the service men and women who continue serving their country.

  2. Kay McAnally says:

    On Saturday our little town of Bastrop honored all Veterans with a special celebration and our annual classic car show. The Air Force flew a “missing man” formation after our minute of silence and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. I thought about both our dads who fought in WWll and how you had found John Raisler, a veteran of the 111th Ordnance Company the day after you posted your blog. I thank him and all the other soldiers who have served or are serving in America and other countries to protect our freedom. Your journey to find the men of the 111th is a real tribute to those men and to Uncle Bill. I also know it has been especially satisfying for Ed to have been able to trace the footsteps of other brothers in arms. Thank you Ed, for your service to your country and to this project. It has turned into an important one!

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